Research

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The Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience acts as an incubator for a variety of research activities and was built to tackle complex medical research problems using an interdisciplinary approach.

The Petit Institute's research builds on the functional academic disciplines represented by the participating schools at Georgia Tech and focuses on both core areas of science and engineering, as well as selected healthcare applications.

Specific diseases that are being impacted by the research conducted in the Petit Institute include heart disease, diabetes, cancer, infectious diseases, and neural injury, to name a few.

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Research Centers
 

The Petit Institute is home to several research centers. Our role is to provide infrastructure to support these centers, thereby alleviating the need for each to maintain their own staff and resources.
More info and list of centers

Focus Areas Listing

A biomaterial is any material, natural or man-made, that is made compatible with living tissues and performs, aids, or replaces a natural function and is used and adapted for a medical application. Biomaterials may have...

Cancer is a disease in which a group of cells display uncontrolled growth through division beyond normal limits. It is an invasion that intrudes upon and destroys adjacent tissues, and sometimes metastasis, in which...

Chemical biology is the creation and use of chemical entities that influence or probe biological systems. Its development as a distinct field of research is a direct result of the fact that biology and medicine have...

Pharmaceuticals save lives, alleviate suffering, and are highly cost effective compared to other treatments. In the Petit Institute, researchers seek to further improve pharmaceuticals through research on drug design,...

Molecular evolution is the process of evolution at the scale at the DNA, RNA, and proteins level.  As a field, molecular evolution emerged in the 1960s as researchers sought to understand discoveries surrounding the...

Biomechanics is the application of mechanical principles to biological systems in order to better understand the physical properties in cells and other systems. Biomechanics emerged from the bioengineering field and...

Neuroscience spans basic science studies of the brain and nervous system at multiple scales from cells to networks to behavior. Neuroscience research in the Petit Institute is highly interdisciplinary and includes...

The promise of regenerative medicine is truly remarkable. Over the last two decades, significant breakthroughs in understanding within the regenerative medicine and tissue engineering fields have yielded a more intimate...

Systems biology is an interdisciplinary field that focuses on complex interactions in biological systems in order to improve the design of molecular and cell-based technologies.  Instead of studying one biological...